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Content posted in June 2005
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Cisco Nets NetSift for $30M
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
Cisco's M&A machine sparks into action again with purchase of security startup
Contest #4: Helpless User Stories
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
Here's your fourth and final chance to win an iPod or one of 36 other prizes in the Great Tech Call-'Em-Like-You-See-'Em Contest. Share your weird user tales to win!
The Supreme Court Strikes Out
Commentary  |  6/27/2005  | 
For those who care about technology, freedom, and competition, this was perhaps the worst week in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court this week handed down two rulings which will stifle broadband competition, infringe on intellectual freedom,...
When Good Security Goes Bad
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
You've installed all the right hardware, and so your network is safe, right? Wrong! Too many administrators have found out that security is about more than hardware alone. Here's what
Secure Routing: Branch Gateway Includes Security, VoIP
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
NetDevices Inc. will launch a gateway platform for branch offices this week that combines local and intersystem routing functions with security and voice-over-Internet Protocol duties.
Protect Your Customer's Data
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
Is that a bead of sweat on your forehead? The list of companies suffering customer-data losses keeps growing. Here's what you can do to avoid being next.
Can Cisco Systems Sell A Smarter Network?
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
Company needs to convince customers of application-oriented networking's value
Sun Opens Up
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
Sun's taking a part-open, part-commercial approach to Solaris and Java, as one way to respond to competitive pressures.
Systems Outlook: Hardware's Still Big Part Of Strategy
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
Sun Microsystems is hoping that its moves to open-source Solaris and pieces of its middleware will attract more software developers -- and drive more server and hardware sales.
Next-Generation VPNs: Safer, Cheaper, Faster
News  |  6/27/2005  | 
New Ethernet VPNs promise cheap, multiprotocol, any-to-any connectivity in the WAN. Are the days of layer-3 services numbered?
Sender ID -- It Could Get Ugly
Commentary  |  6/26/2005  | 
It could get a little ugly out there in the anti-spam world and, as is so often the case, the uglifier of record is Microsoft which on Thursday announced that it would start "enforcing" the use of its Sender ID sender authentication protocol for senders of e-mail messages to Hotmail and MSN Mail systems. In a less avaricious world, that might be a good thing, but last year Microsoft made its desire to co-opt sender authentication by enforcing a patent it has on a part of the way DNS records have
Suppliers Serve Virtualization
News  |  6/25/2005  | 
A flurry of activity in server virtualization highlights application issues
High-Speed Links Favor Ethernet
News  |  6/25/2005  | 
Interconnect techniques for storage and data center gear highlight Ethernet growth
Friday Freebie
Commentary  |  6/24/2005  | 
Yes, that's right, there's only one again this week. No arguments, it's been a very busy week with testing and articles due and The News Show. This week's freebie was discovered while I was trying to test Systinet's Business Service...
CEO Minute: Interview with Juniper's Scott Kriens
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
Juniper's CEO shares insight on the acquisitions of Peribit and Redline, facing up to tough competition from Cisco, and more.
MCI Quietly Offers $29.99-A-Month VoIP
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
Still in the process of being acquired by Verizon Communications, MCI has quietly launched a consumer VoIP service that could compete with Verizon's VoiceWing VoIP service.
Networked copy/paste
Commentary  |  6/24/2005  | 
Here's my million dollar idea for the day. I want to be able to copy content from one machine and paste it on another machine. This could be done somehow over the network. Maybe two machines grant each other a...
Level 5 Networks
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
Unveils $30M funding, Ethernet acceleration technology
CTO Minute: An Interview with Computer Associates' Yogesh Gupta
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
CA's CTO discusses the acquisition of network management vendor Concord, changes within the CA culture and more.
DoCoMo Claims 1Gbps Speeds In 4G Trial
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
High wireless speeds in field trial used OFDM and MIMO technology.
Alcatel Forms Venture Capital Fund In China
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
Alcatel has announced a Corporate Venture Capital Partnership Program to stimulate the development of IT and telecom technologies in China and the delivery of broadband services to Chinese users
Coalition Urges Feds To Allow Municipal Broadband Networks
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
A coalition of high technology companies, local governments and consumer organizations have urged Congress to pass legislation that will ensure that local governments be allowed to provide broadband network access
Sex, Money, And Internet Search Sites
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
The cynics who say that the Internet is about sex and money will pleased at the news this week from Yahoo and Google.
ATCA Starts to Rumble
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
A Heavy Reading report finds more than 100 ATCA products launched or in the works
McData Cuts & Shuffles
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
CFO and SVP of engineering on way out now that CNT is integrated
Ping Plucks $8.5M
News  |  6/24/2005  | 
Startup is looking to boost its core software with Series B funding
IBM Acquires Meiosys In Utility Computing Play
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
IBM said Thursday it has acquired Meiosys, a developer of software that allows applications to be moved dynamically from one server to another without disruption.
BakBone Still Out of Whack
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Backup vendor says it won't have its books in order by June 30 after all
Yahoo Chat-Room Decision Draws Fire
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Yahoo's decision to pull the plug on perhaps hundreds of chat rooms following reports that some of them were used to promote sex with minors was an "overreaction" by the
Hooray! IBM Lotus Moves Notes Into The World Of Presence
Commentary  |  6/23/2005  | 
Some months ago, about the time Microsoft announced Office Communicator, I had a conversation with IBM's Ed Brill in which I urged him to push IBM Lotus Notes forward into the new world of presence information and the use of presence technology. "We're working on it," he said, "trust me." I never believe in the promises of any software company, so I just sort of shoveled those words into the back of my mind, and didn't think more about it. But it's beginning to look as if Mr. Brill wasn't kiddin
Sounding Off
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Telling the supposed elite of the technology world what your opinions are is kind of a theme for the week (and in Server Pipeline land, rest assured that you are
Stupid Spammer Tricks
Commentary  |  6/23/2005  | 
Our very own Don MacVittie received an interesting e-mail in what appeared to be Russian (I can't really tell -- I have enough trouble with English). This prompted Don's following comments: Note to spammers in any language... When you spam,...
Securing Windows Server 2003: Controlling The Administrator Account
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Administrator control of Windows Server 2003 is another key to establishing full security for your network. We'll show you how to set this so that your servers will be crackproof.
Boingo Activates Hotspot Roaming Agreement With SBC
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Agreement brings the total number of hotspots available to Boingo users to 18,000.
AT&T Unveils Plans To Expand Global Business Network
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Although it's still in the process of being acquired by SBC Communications, AT&T announced Thursday that it is making a sweeping expansion of its global networks, including IP VPN-based services
Throwing the Book at Book-Cookers
Commentary  |  6/23/2005  | 
Man, it just doesn't pay to defraud investors anymore. In the first of three major sentencing decisions facing former high-tech executives gone bad, Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son, CFO Timothy, this week received 15 and 20...
Droids at Work
Commentary  |  6/23/2005  | 
In our June 23rd edition of The Last Mile, we told you about a team of Italian Engineers who created their very own RD-D2. It chirps like the original, walks on two or three legs, and--get this--comes equipped with Bluetooth...
Traxi Unveils Software To Integrate VoIP, Enterprise Apps
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Traxi has unveiled a new member of its Volcrum product family designed to integrate VoIP with enterprise applications.
Sloan-Kettering Deploys 10 Gigabit Ethernet Throughout Campus
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Cisco hardware will support 8500 employees in addition to patients and visitors in 10 buildings and outlying clinics.
Hacker Boot Camp Helps Good Guys Out-Smart Internet Troublemakers
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
The number of IT security professionals is expected to grow to nearly 800,000 by 2008 and more of them need to think like hackers to be effective.
Hold Everything
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
This edition looks at the numbers behind Fibre Channel SAN deployments.
Understanding Continuous Data Protection
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
A critical element of total backup systems, CDP products can help you find that needle in your data haystack. More importantly, they offer restoration capabilities that tape, replication and snapshot
Safely Purchasing Second-Hand Storage Gear
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Buying used storage equipment from a reputable secondhand dealer shouldn't be a high-risk venture. With the right research and preparation, you could save a bundle!
Unravelling the IP VPN Dilemma
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Are WAN optimization and application acceleration technologies the answer to the shortcomings in IP VPNs?
StorageTek Offers Arsenal
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Picks startup as partner for remote backup service
Incentra's Strange Brew
News  |  6/23/2005  | 
Want some digital archiving software with your managed SAN? Monitoring comes with it
Top Supercomputers Revealed
News  |  6/22/2005  | 
The Department of Energy's Blue Gene system from IBM is still the world's biggest
Microsoft Blocks Windows Server 2003 SP1 Update
News  |  6/22/2005  | 
Microsoft releases a tool for companies that want to block the automatic download of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1), a set of security updates that the Redmond, Wash.-based
Elemental Scores Security Funding
News  |  6/22/2005  | 
Security vendor snaps up $11M in Series C funding to support rollout of its compliance software
SCO Makes Its Pitch With OpenServer 6
News  |  6/22/2005  | 
The SCO Group on Wednesday is officially unveiling its much-anticipated OpenServer 6 software, which unifies the company's all-in-one, Web-based platform and Unix operating system; HP will certify it for ProLiant
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